'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house,
Even though this is a wildlife website I'm not advocating that you should share your house with these furry creatures. Wood mice and house mice often seek warmth and shelter in houses during the winter months, and who can blame them! Mice can damage your food, carry diseases and chew your electrical cables (as we found to our cost) .... but, mouse traps and some poisons can cause injury and unnecessary suffering and there are humane alternatives. The wood mice below were captured using humane mouse traps and released (without handling them) away from houses. If you are averse to capturing and then releasing live mice, consider a natural product such as Eradimouse ® that ensures "no risk to children or pets, no risk to livestock or birds, and is bird of prey friendly."
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Traditional traps and poisons - If you eventually manage to kill your mice with a baited spring loaded trap you then have to dispose of the body, which can be both unpleasant and distressing. Some chemicals can cause the mice unnecessary suffering and poisoned mice can die behind cupboards or under floorboards where they will slowly decompose. Many poisons pose obvious health and safety issues for your children and family pets, but Eradimouse ® is a natural product that can be used in domestic and business locations, and outdoors.
Humane mouse traps - If you're interested in capturing and releasing your mice unharmed, here's how to go about it. All the advice is based on my own practical experience, so I know that these methods work. Problems I found along the way are also detailed, so you can learn from my mistakes!